There’s nothing more satisfying, when it comes to eating out, than finding somewhere cosy and welcoming, and being served exciting, beautifully executed food. Don’t get me wrong – a cosy pub with average food can still make a great afternoon, and an enviably twee Instagram, but when there are so many fantastic places in the UK that can offer both, why not aim higher? The word ‘gastropub’ doesn’t do these meals justice. Read on for our pick of Britain’s greatest restaurants in a delightful pub setting… Expect relaxed and warm surroundings, stellar cuisine and cracking wine lists: the ultimate trifecta, as far as we’re concerned at Winerist, and a hard feat to achieve.
The Black Swan
Oldstead, York, North Yorkshire, YO61 4BL
We’ve spoken about this place before (here and here if you’re curious). It’s safe to say we love it, so let us rave again. Tommy Banks is Britain’s youngest Michelin-starred chef and is head chef at this rustic pub on the edge of the North Moors. His food is exceptional and the restaurant was voted the best in Britain on TripAdvisor. Granted, this is not often a useful tool for restaurant guidance, but we’re pretty convinced all the same. If you’ve still not been then make finding out for yourself an excuse to get up to God’s Own Country. You can thank us later.